Russia started deliveries of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to Afghanistan under the contract with USA for delivery of 30 vehicles of the type, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to a representative of the Russia’s official delegation.
Three helicopters have been delivered to the Afghan party so far. The rest ones will be delivered in 2014, the source noted.
A total of 36 Mi-17V-5 helicopters have been delivered to Afghanistan via US army. The major contract for delivery of 21 vehicles of the type was signed by Rosoboronexport and US government on May 26th 2011 and was implemented by mid-2012.
Last year Russia delivered 12 Mi-17V-5 helicopters under an amendment to the contract signed in 2012 (USA exercised contract option).
Last year Rosoboronexport and US government signed a new large contract for delivery of 30 more helicopters of the type in 2014. A total of 63 Mi-17V-5s will be delivered to the Afghan army in the network of joint anti-terrorism effort.
The Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter is a modern version of the Mi-8/17 helicopters developed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s design bureau in cooperation with the Kazan Helicopter Plant. It was developed taking into account the vast operational experience gained by its predecessors in a variety of armed conflicts (including Afghanistan).